First Parish Church has hired Emelia Attridge as Youth Director to replace Jared Hamilton who is awaiting a call to ministry. Emelia will be working with Jared through the summer on the Summer Youth Series program and will take over the program in September. Emelia grew up in the United Church of Christ, and was active in her own Youth Group at First Congregational Church, UCC of Manchester, NH. She recently graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in Religious Studies.
During her time at Emmanuel College, Emelia became involved in the college’s Campus Ministry programs, and particularly enjoyed organizing and facilitating retreats. Her education at Emmanuel in her Catholic studies courses as well as an active involvement as a liturgical minister during Mass has helped shape her spirituality ecumenically.
She also worked for Passport Camps, a Christian and ecumenical summer camp. At camp, middle school and high school youth enjoy camp programming throughout the day, including morning Bible Study, and service work in the afternoon.
Emelia hopes to continue the ministry of service that the youth provide to the community, and to encouraging fellowship, reflection, and spiritual growth of the youth at First Parish Church.